2020 Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) Highlights
The ACFP Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) held on Saturday, March 7th at the Family Medicine Summit was a great success again this year. With 133 registered members in attendance at the meeting, the Board of Directors was pleased with the turnout and the level of participation. Members were able to review and respond to the annual audit and the budget plan, and vote on the membership fee and amendments to the ACFP ByLaws. Advocacy became the key discussion topic. A candid, interactive discussion among members took place regarding awareness for the value of family physicians and the negative affects current cutbacks imposed by Alberta Health on family physicians will have on their patients and the health care system in general. The importance of the ACFP’s role to build awareness and advocate for family physicians and their patients through a much louder voice was clearly expressed by the membership and heard by the ACFP Board.
Members voted in Dr. Sudha Koppula as President-Elect with the expectation that she will be inducted as President at the 2021 AMM. Two new members-at-large were also voted in on the ACFP Board of Directors, Dr. Douglas Tuck, St. Alberta and Dr. Dinesh Witharana, Spruce Grove. Both bring a set of skills and perspectives that the Board will find very valuable in the coming years. To view their bios, see the Board of Directors page. President, Dr. Shirley Schipper (Calgary), and the CEO, Dr. Francine Lemire were present from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Schipper commended the excellent work that Alberta family physicians do every day for their patients while amplifying their voices to the Alberta government in this current situation of uncertainty. She spoke to CFPC’s pride for Alberta as a light in the national scene. Dr. Schipper encouraged family docs in Alberta to continue to amplify their voices and stay the course.
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The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) is a Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Incorporated as a Society in 1997, the ACFP is governed by a set of bylaws. The ACFP Governance Advisory Committee reviews the bylaws periodically and makes recommendations for amendment to the ACFP Board of Directors. Upon ACFP Board approval, the proposed amendments are presented to the CFPC Board of Directors for their approval. Final approval is obtained by the passing of a special resolution by the ACFP Members at the Annual Meeting of Members as described in Article 11 of the ACFP Bylaws.
Our Bylaws help define the roles of the board, committees, and members and provide direction for the governance of the Chapter. The current Bylaws of the Alberta Chapter of the CFPC were approved at the Annual Meeting of Members on March 5, 2016 and amended on March 7, 2020. Registration of the revised ByLaws is currently in process.